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However, it is just a simple click away to turn a student's attention from honest classroom work to checking texts or playing games. I spent the last week observing in a seventh grade math classroom where students were allowed to use the calculators on their phones or itouches when working problems. Despite a firm warning that any use of the phones for other purposes would result in their not being allowed this privilege, I saw a number of students flipping between programs when the teacher wasn't within their immediate zone.
I want to encourage students to use the technology they have to make sense of what is happening in the classroom, however, I don't want the technology to become such a distraction that students are able to tune out during class. Hmmm?